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Art teacher leaves legacy of artists after 21 years at Carver
Art teacher leaves legacy of artists after 21 years at Carver

In a way, Joe Giordano could be considered a visionary. In 1993, when George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology opened, Giordano was hired to start the department of visual arts. His method of teaching art to high school students was unique. Now, it's standard. "About 10, 15 years ago, when our students were winning national contests, people came over to me and asked, 'What do you do?'" Giordano said of arts educators he met at conferences around the country. "Other schools picked up on what we do. There was a change in culture," he said of his method of requiring students to master the basics and then encouraging them to create original...

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